A Sample Size Table for Forest Sampling

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Abstract:

This paper presents a sample size table for forest sampling which expresses sample size as a function of coefficient of variation and percentage sampling error. Sample sizes are calculated using iteration on a formula for simple random sampling. The iterative algorithm commonly used in forestry to calculate sample size is demonstrated to not always converge. A corrected iteration scheme is described and used to construct the table. Examples are included for illustration. Forest Sci. 28:777-784.

Keywords: Sampling intensity; coefficient of variation; sampling error

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Senior Biometrician for the Research Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of Forests

Publication date: December 1, 1982

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